The Humor Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association (ASA)
seeks session and paper proposals for the 2010 ASA meeting, held November 18-21 in San Antonio, Texas. Proposals should explore historical, theoretical, and/or methodological issues in American humor. They should seek to address the 2010 meeting theme, “Crisis, Chains, and Change: American Studies for the 21st Century”
To paraphrase the 2010 call for proposals, the ASA is particularly interested in projects that engage broadly with the ways ordinary people create power. In inviting us to consider changes in response to multiple global crises (war, capital, economies, hunger, climate change), the ASA encourages us to analyze “topics central to American Studies — indigeneity, gender, race, sexuality, laws and status, dispossession, documentation, wage and custom, boom and bust, primitive accumulation, love for and loathing of risk, and stretching or shrinking states, glaciers, empires, horizons.” . The meeting theme and location present an opportunity to explore immigration, trans-border activism, and the convergences and divergences of US and Mexican culture. While proposals may take the traditional form of scholarly papers, the ASA welcomes the use alternative formats such as roundtables, workshops, and site visits.
General inquiries and proposals can be sent to the Humor Studies Caucus email: ASAhumor@gmail.com. The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2010, but earlier submissions may be given more consideration.
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